Headlines: May 25th, 2001

The British Medical Association’s claim that GPs are overloaded has been supported by a MORI poll which showed that more than seven out of ten members of the public believe that their GP is overworked. The BMA said that the findings demonstrate the need to address the problems facing GPs and their patients. They also said that these views of patients will also come as a boost to family doctors who may have believed their hard work was being taken for granted.Seventy-two per cent of the people polled said their GP was either ‘very overworked’ or ‘fairly overworked’. 3 per cent felt their family doctor was ‘underworked’, while 19 per cent said they thought their GP’s workload was ‘about right’.